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Denmark: Four terrorists convicted for plotting to attack newspaper over cartoon
Published on : Monday, June 04, 2012
A Danish court has convicted four men, who were Swedish resident but of North African and Middle Eastern origin, to 12 years for plotting to attack the office of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen in December 2010. Denmark has been in the crosshairs of Islamist terror groups since the publication of 12 cartoons by various artists depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. This was reported in the Irish Examiner.
Denmark: Danish cartoon debate: A chronology
Published on : Monday, June 04, 2012
A Danish court has convicted four men, who were Swedish resident but of North African and Middle Eastern origin, to 12 years for plotting to attack the office of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen in December 2010. Denmark has been in the crosshairs of Islamist terror groups since the publication of 12 cartoons by various artists depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. Here is a chronology of the events over the past few years compiled by Reuters.
From Cyberia to Siberia: Price of protecting privacy
Published on : Sunday, May 22, 2011
The draft rules, derived from the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008, stipulate that hosts or owners of websites must take action against “objectionable content” that is considered “disparaging,” “harassing,” “blasphemous,” or “hateful.” They are ordered to act against anything that “threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign countries, or public order.” This approch reflects the belief among our political masters that the lesser mortals need to be constantly monitored and reprimanded for infractions. This effort to police internet is yet another assault on the freedom of expression, writes Ravi Shanker Kapoor.
Of girls and boys
Published on : Saturday, October 30, 2010
How seriously should we take comments by the president or a governor? It's an odd question, I admit, but one that was poignantly posed last Saturday when, first, Margaret Alva, governor of Uttarakhand, and then Pratibha Patil, our dear president, advised Doon School to turn co-educational. No doubt we need and must have co-educational schools. But, equally, we need and should have schools only for boys or only for girls, writes Karan Thapar in Hindustan Times.
God in God’s Own Country
Published on : Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Recently, some fanatics chopped off the hands of Prof T. J. Joseph of Newman College for a controversial reference to Prophet Mohammad.The problem is that we have legitimised too much the idea that speech offensive to religion should be an actionable offence, so that those wanting to police offences against religion feel empowered. Collective ideologies will try to compensate for a sense of individual failure and inadequacy. To preserve liberal values, we need more clarity and consistency, writes Pratap Bhanu Mehta in The Indian Express.
Changing mores on religion and gender in Bangladesh
Published on : Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bangladesh is not liberal in its social mores.The struggle for gender rights in Bangladesh is not over. But the attempt to achieve them has led to social resiliency against religious fanaticism. In Bangladesh,the high court declares fatwas illegaland ruled that no woman cann be forced to wear burqas at work or schhool, writes K Anis Ahmed in Mint.
The Possible Prosecution of WikiLeaks
Published on : Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The United States justice department is contemplating the prosecution of Julian Assange, the founder of wikileaks which published classified documents from governments. This might be to prevent him from making a set of documents on war in Afghanistan public. Excessive Government secrecy is not good.Why should Government prosecute third-party, non-governmental organizations?, writes Ivan Elands in The Independent Institute Newsroom.
Histrionics Over the Mosque: Symbolism Crowds Out Reality
Published on : Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The American media is usually unable to make sense of symbolism, though it focuses on it. The latest instance of such ignorance is the controversy over the ground zero mosque. The liberal media allowed the conservatives to shreik that this is an issue of callousness and insensitivity. Even if it is insensitive, the conservatives won't have any point. Moreover, the prevention of it will radicalize moderate Muslims all over the world, writes Ivan Eland in The Independent Institute Newsroom.
Two cheers for American tolerance
Published on : Thursday, August 12, 2010
The mosque controversy shows that America manages its hatreds better than any other country. In India, a Sikh gurudwara could not be erected next to Gandhi's residence, where she was assassinated, against the will of the majority Hindu population. America is more tolerant than any nation and if other countries caught up to this tolerant attitude, it would be a huge leap for mankind, writes Shikha Sood Dalmia in Forbes.
Sri Lanka: Freedom of Expression on the Internet not so secure, CPA study
Published on : Monday, August 02, 2010
The freedom of expression on the web and Internet in Sri Lanka is in threat, in the post war period.Several online journalists and bloggers were attacked, censured and were under surveillance. The problem is not just with Sri Lanka. It is a challenge all over the world, says a Press Release of The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA).
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